SKYHAWKS SET FOR CHALLENGING ROAD TEST AGAINST DEFENDING MAC CHAMPION AKRON
November 16, 2017
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s grueling nonconference slate continues when the Skyhawks pay a visit to northeast Ohio to take on defending Mid-American Conference champion Akron. Tipoff from the James A. Rhodes Arena is set for 6 p.m. CST on Saturday, Nov. 18.
This marks the fourth consecutive matchup against a 20-win team from last season for UT Martin. Last season, the Zips won a school-record 27 games and joined Duke, Gonzaga and Kansas as the only four Division-I programs to win at least 21 or more games in 12 consecutive seasons.
This game also serves as a homecoming of sorts for Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart and assistant coach DeAndre Walker. Both Akron natives, Stewart was a member of the Archbishop Hoban High School 1989 state championship team while Walker enjoyed a standout prep career at Firestone High School.
UT Martin (1-2) is coming off its first victory of the season, knocking off defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina Central by a 74-57 margin on Wednesday. Matthew Butler dialed up team-highs of 16 points and five assists while Fatodd Lewis (first career double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds) and Parrish Hewitt (career-highs of 13 points and five rebounds) each provided the Skyhawks with big lifts off the bench. UT Martin led for nearly 37 minutes of clock time and built up a 34-point lead in the second half to extend their home winning streak to nine games.
Akron (1-0) opened its season last Saturday with a 67-57 home victory over in-state foe Cleveland State. Despite shooting 29.9 percent (20-of-67) from the floor and trailing by as many as 12 points in the game, the Zips came away with the win thanks in large part to Daniel Utomi’s team-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Eric Parrish (17 points) and Jimond Ivey (10 points) also reached double-figures in the scoring column for Akron.
Fans can watch the game live on ESPN3 at the link above. Links for the Akron radio broadcast and live stats can also be accessed at the top of the webpage.